Friday, March 20, 2009

The Real Hollywood Reviews No Sanctuary by Author F.M. Meredith

F.M. Meredith’s novel reads like a “who done it” Agatha Christie novel with murder, mystery, intrigue and plenty of suspects. The small town of Rocky Bluff has a hard time coming to grips with the murder of the local pastor’s wife. It registers a shock for all townspeople and even more baffling for the Rocky Bluff Police Department who can’t seem to come up with any leads even though there are a lot of suspects. Secondary to the main story is a second crime taking place that the main character Officer Stacy Wilbur must handle delicately for all those involved. As a police officer, she often has to make quick decisions—usually they are the right ones, but sometimes she finds herself in a situation that will take all of her abilities to figure out an escape route.

As Officer Stacy Wilbur does her best to balance life between her son and work she has a hard time dealing with her apparent interest in Detective Doug Milligan, of which she vowed she would not let happen. In the end she makes a decision that is better for the benefit of her son and herself.

Apart from the fact that No Sanctuary involves a murder, a suicide and cheating spouses it deserves a PG 13 rating. It’s refreshing to read a book that can illustrate police work without gruesome violence, annoying car chases and snappy, clichéd comments.

Under the name of F.M. Meredith, Marilyn Meredith writes the Rocky Bluff P.D. series, the latest is No Sanctuary from Oak Tree Press. She is also the author of the award-winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series as well as over twenty published novels. The latest is, Kindred Spirits, from Mundania Press.

She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, EPIC and on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. She was an instructor for Writer’s Digest School for ten years, served as an instructor at the Maui Writer’s Retreat and many other writer’s conferences. She makes her home in Springville, much like Bear Creek where Deputy Tempe Crabtree lives.

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F. M. Meredith, author said...

Wow, thank you for that great review!

What a sweetie you are. I was criticized by another reviewer for not using bad language and shutting the bedroom door, so this was great to read.

Thanks for all the time you've spent with me!


Cheryl said...

Nice review Becky!

You know Marilyn, my one complaint about cop dramas has always been that the guys especially use the "F" word every other sentence. I don't think that it adds anything to the storyline at all.

"No Sanctuary" is a great book!


Mayra Calvani said...

Thanks for the review, Becky!

Jean Henry Mead said...

I was born in Hollywood, lived less than two blocks from Paramount Studios and attended Vine Street School, so anything about my home district is on my list to read.

Very nice review, Becky!

Jean Henry Mead
Diary Of Murder

Kim Smith said...

Great review! this is a must read!

Morgan Mandel said...

Great review for a great sounding book.

Morgan Mandel